Sunday, 27 September 2015

Maze Runner - Scorch Trials Movie: My Reviews and Thoughts

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Being a die-hard fan of Teen Wolf, watching Dylan O'Brian in a movie is a treat. 

Maze Runner 1 was an amazing movie, some might say that Maze Runner 2 is
not as good and actually they are right but even when it is not as good as first part, it still is pretty fine watch. People who have read the book are unhappy with the plot, but given I have so far not yet read the series, I am pretty happy with it. 

The movie begins from the point where the group of kids including Thomas escape the maze and are rescued by a group of people in a mysterious helicopter. Well, as it was mentioned in the end of first part, the maze was just the beginning and it was very true. The maze was just the beginning, what lies ahead is far more crazy and dangerous. Don't want to spill the beans here but honestly from beginning to end one is at the edge of the seat. Despite watching shows like the walking dead I jumped at least thrice during the movie.

The cranks, people affected by the flare virus, are shown pretty scary. Well, at a point scary is a lighter word for how they attack and behave.

The story flow is pretty good and interesting. The logic and development at few places is praise-worthy.

Overall I liked the movie but there are a few things they could have done better. To start with, it is not a good 3D movie. I would rather watch it in 2D... the effects could have been better...
Also, out of main characters, some have not been introduced properly. All of them have some role to play but when they are spotlight you are a little confused, wondering which one was he?

Apart from these I liked the whole movie. It ended on a cliff-hanger and considering I don't have a patience, I will soon read the all 3 parts.

My rating for the movie will be 3.5/5

Hope you enjoy the movie too

Till then
Take Care

Saturday, 19 September 2015

Book Review: A Minute To Death

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Title: A Minute to Death
Author: Ganga Bharani
Publisher: Half Baked Beans
Pages: 130
Price: Rs. 125
My Rating: 3.5/5

Young, vivacious and an aspiring writer, Riya wants nothing more from her longtime crush/boyfriend than to let her in on one of his exciting investigations. After all, what better source material for a book than a real life tragedy? No-nonsense veteran cop, Rohan picks a case of probable suicide to satisfy Riya's needs. Little does he know that there is more to this case than meets the eye. What made the victim hang herself at the break of dawn? What is the secret that her group of friends is hiding? Will Riya be able to salvage a workable plot for her upcoming novel out of this case of seemingly simple suicide?

There are a lot of mystery novels in market but there are only few which turn out to be a page-turner and thrill. A minute to death is one book which lives up to the expectations. 

I came across 3 sample chapters that were published on Facebook as teaser and honestly they served the purpose right. Although a lot could not be told from the 3 chapters but they definitely acted as a hook to read on to rest of the story. 

The story revolves around Riya, an aspiring writer and Rohan, her no-nonsense boyfriend. Rohan introduces Riya to a crime scene for her book and what initially seems like a open-shut case, turns into a full-on murder mystery with various angles.
The story offers the readers what they want - mystery, thrill, love and romance. There are so many options that readers can think with respect why murders (yes more than one) are happening. Throughout the novel one keeps on prodding on reason but the truth turns out to be completely different. I liked the way it ended - intense but totally justifying the story.

Talking about characters, Riya and Rohan make a cute pair and their love story is beautifully written. The moments they share are romantically drafted, however it some points I felt the need of murder mystery more than the love scene. At times it side-tracked, but if you are not so glued up on murder mystery, you would like it.

It is pretty quick read and can easily be finished in one sitting.

The only drawback of the book is that it has a few typos which one can ignore given the intense flow and outstanding plot

My rating - 3.5/5

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Till then
Take Care

Poem: आशिकों का जनाज़ा

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उस दर्द को क्या हम याद करें
जिसने हमें तन्हा कर दिया
उस बेदर्द को हम क्या याद करें
जिसने हमे बेपनाह कर दिया
आशिकों का जनाज़ा तो कई बार निकला
पर उस हमदर्द को हम क्या याद करें
जिसने हमें ही फनाह कर दिया 

~~~कृतिका गुप्ता शर्मा